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The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

[ID:4767] From: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / To: Dr Alexander Kellock / Regarding: Mr Watson Carr (Patient) / 6 January 1784 / (Outgoing)

Reply, 'Mr Watson Carr'. Though the main body of the letter is a machine scribal copy, the recipe for a pectoral mixture enclosed is in Cullen's hand.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 4767
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/1/16/171
Main Language English
Document Direction Outgoing
Date6 January 1784
Annotation None
TypeMachine scribal copy
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe Yes
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Reply, 'Mr Watson Carr'. Though the main body of the letter is a machine scribal copy, the recipe for a pectoral mixture enclosed is in Cullen's hand.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1570]
Case of Mr Watson Carr who has asthma.
5


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1]AuthorDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2995]AddresseeDr Alexander Kellock
[PERS ID:3801]PatientMr Watson Carr
[PERS ID:2995]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Kellock
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe inferred

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Mr Watson Carr
Dear Sir,


I was favoured with yours on Saturday
with a Guinea note inclosed but too late to be answe¬
red in course and by some accidents I was preven¬
ted yesterday.


I am heartily concerned to find Mr Carr's case
ailments so very obstinate and I am much afraid
you have had of late the severity of the Season
contributing much to resist the effects of your
remedies. We must however persist in our
endeavours to relieve him. I cannot insist on
further Blistering in this weather but the
relief obtained by them points out the propriety
of keeping up some constant drain by an issue.


As you have found benefit from glysters
I suppose you will continue them as you shall
see proper but I must recommend to you the



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employing more or less of a solution of good Asafoetida
in them from half a dram to a dram may be safely
employed and I hope may prove an useful Anti¬
spasmodic
not heating as medicines given by the
mouth might be. I am disappointed in [my?]
Guaiac solution but I am still inclined to try
a pectoral of another kind which may possibly
also be a little heating but as the heat produced
by it will be more transitory I hope it may
be admissible and useful. I give you the pre¬
scription on other page.


Although Opiates excites some delirium they
may prove Anodyne and Antispasmodic and {illeg}
the delirium excited be considerable and very uneasy
to the patient a little delirium is no objection
to their use and even this delirium when you
begin with small doses ceases upon repetition




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With these remarks I committ the matter to
your discretion. Wishing your patient speedy
relief I am with great regard


Dear Sir
your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinburgh 6th January
1784
For Mr Watson Carr

Take a drachm of very good asafoetida and four ounces of peppermint water. Dissolve, and to the strained liquid add a drachm each of composite tincture of castor and spirit of hartshorn, three ounces of rose water, half an ounce of simple Syrup. Mix and label Pectoral Mixture, a tablespoonful or two to be taken two or three times in the course of the night when the breathing is uneasy shaking the vial always very well before pouring out.

6th January 1784
W. C.

Diplomatic Text

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Mr Watson Carr
Dear Sir,


I was favoured with yours on Saturday
with a Guinea note inclosed but too late to be answe¬
red in course and by some accidents I was preven¬
ted yesterday.


I am heartily concerned to find Mr Carr's case
ailments so very obstinate and I am much afraid
you have had of late the severity of the Season
contributing much to resist the effects of your
remedies. We must however persist in our
endeavours to relieve him. I cannot insist on
further Blistering in this weather but the
relief obtained by them points out the propriety
of keeping up some constant drain by an issue.


As you have found benefit from glysters
I suppose you will continue them as you shall
see proper but I must recommend to you the



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employing more or less of a solution of good Asafoetida
in them from half a dram to a dram may be safely
employed and I hope may prove an useful Anti¬
spasmodic
not heating as medicines given by the
mouth might be. I am disappointed in [my?]
Guaiac solution but I am still inclined to try
a pectoral of another kind which may possibly
also be a little heating but as the heat produced
by it will be more transitory I hope it may
be admissible and useful. I give you the pre¬
scription on other page.


Although Opiates excites some delirium they
may prove Anodyne and Antispasmodic and {illeg}
the delirium excited be considerable and very uneasy
to the patient a little delirium is no objection
to their use and even this delirium when you
begin with small doses ceases upon repetition




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With these remarks I committ the matter to
your discretion. Wishing your patient speedy
relief I am with great regard


Dear Sir
your most Obedient Servant
William Cullen

Edinr 6th January
1784
For Mr Watson Carr


Asafoetida opt. Ʒj
Aq. menth. pip. ℥iv
Solve et colatura adde
Tinct. castor. comp.
Spir. corn. cerv. @ Ʒj
Aq. rosar. ℥iij
Syr. Simpl. ℥ſs
ℳ. Sig. Pectoral Mixture a table spoonfull or two to be
taken two or three times in the course of the night when
the breathing is uneasy shaking the vial always very
well before pouring out

6th Jany 1784
W. C.

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